IMPOSING HISTORIC COUNTRY HOUSE IN A BEAUTIFUL DESIGNED LANDSCAPE
The property for sale extends to 237 acres and comprises the mansion house known as Rossie Priory set in magnificent policies and fine gardens together with surrounding farmland and woodland. Included in the sale is the private Chapel, End House, Stable Cottage and Knapp Lodge.
The estate is bounded to the east by the original estate wall within which the Rossie Burn flows through the den before joining the Lochspout Burn which forms the southern boundary. The western boundary which incorporates the walled garden is undefined following paths and tracks through the estate woodlands. Rossie Priory occupies an elevated position overlooking a designed landscape of wonderful parkland against a backdrop of beautiful trees which include many fine specimens.
Notwithstanding the easy and ready access by road, rail and air, Rossie Priory is a wonderful retreat from which to escape the pressures of both city and modern day life. Despite its rather formal and grand appearance, Rossie Priory is an extremely inviting and comfortable family home.
HISTORICAL & ARCHITECTURAL NOTE - Originally part of the much larger estate, Rossie Priory was commissioned and completed in 1807 by the 7th & 8th Barons of Kinnaird and designed in a Regency Gothic style by the architect William Atkinson and has remained in the Kinnaird family ever since. Constructed of red stone under a slated roof, the most attractive external architectural features are reflected throughout the interior of the house reminding one of its history as described in its time as "one of the finest houses in Scotland". After the WW2, the greater part of Rossie Priory was taken down to create a more manageable house which was reconfigured and altered by Sir Basil Spence. In essence what remains today is the original entrance and west wing. The garden terrace is sited on the foundations of the original house.
ROSSIE PRIORY - The house is approached by the main south drive which sweeps through the larger estate's farmland. After crossing the Lochspout Burn the drive continues through its own policy woodlands before climbing gently as the views over the parkland are unveiled to a large gravel parking area in front of Rossie Priory.
The entrance to Rossie Priory is situated in the original carriage driveway. The entrance to the Chapel and its associated rooms lies immediately opposite. The flag stone floored entrance hall leads into a spacious reception hall which is lit from above by an impressive large cupola. The main reception rooms are located off the reception hall and include an elegant Drawing Room, a double aspect Sitting Room and the impressive panelled Dining Room with hidden bookcase door and direct access to the servery and kitchen. The double height Picture Gallery makes for a versatile space for entertaining, both formal and informal, off which access can be taken to the paved Summer Garden which enjoys the afternoon sunshine. As with other large houses of this period it benefits from a myriad of rooms (such as laundry, drying room, large pantry, Butler's pantry, larders and basement wine cellars) which were once used to serve large house parties but today provide useful and enviable space and storage. In keeping with more modern times there is a large open plan dining kitchen with four oven AGA and living area which leads via a French window to a terrace on the east side of the house. At the end of the east corridor is a large flag stone floored Games Room ideal for snooker table, table tennis and fishing rods as well as an entrance door leading to The End House.
The elegant staircase leads to the galleried first floor landing off which there are four distinct "zones": the principal bedroom suite with family or east wing beyond; the north wing and the west or guest wing. This makes for a very flexible arrangement allowing the guest wing to be closed off when not in use leaving a contained family area. The principal bedroom suite comprises a large double aspect bedroom with two bathrooms and two dressing rooms (one with extensively fitted cupboards). There are four "family" bedrooms (one en suite bathroom) and a bathroom off the east hallway that leads to a rear staircase. The "north wing" is made up of a suite of rooms which include a sitting room, bedroom (known as The Tower Bedroom), dressing room/2nd bedroom and bathroom. The guest wing which sits above the Chapel rooms comprises three bedrooms all en suite bathrooms, two further bedrooms and bathroom. A short flight of stairs leads to an attic room. Off the inner vestibule leading to the Chapel are two reception rooms, a fitted kitchen and shower room. An internal flight of steps lead from the vestibule up to the Chapel.